National Rum Month: 9 Cocktails To Order From Guatemala To Panama City, The Caribbean & Beyond!

Elegant Hotels Rum Punch
Fun fact: Rum's birthplace is Barbados. Courtesy of Elegant Hotels

The month of August calls for savoring the last bit of summer fun, and what better way than with a little rum. In honor of National Rum Month, we’ve created a list of the best rum cocktails to order on vacation from Guatemala, to Panama City, to the Caribbean and beyond!  If you can’t visit any of these places anytime soon, make a list of the ingredients, invite some friends over, and bring the Caribbean to your backyard with these tropical cocktails. Enjoy!

1) Bajan Rum Punch (Barbados): It’s only fitting to celebrate this August with Elegant Hotel’s signature Bajan Rum Punch. Chill out and ‘lime’ by the beach with the refreshing fruity concoction. Infused with lime juice, a dash of Angostura bitters, a hint of nutmeg and a falernum floater, this drink certainly packs a punch.

2) Rosa Palopo (Guatemala): Made with native ingredients like hibiscus extract and Zacapa Rum 23 - a dark rum, aged in the Guatemalan mountaintops - the Rosa Palopo is Casa Palopo’s signature drink, best enjoyed when paired with the boutique hotel’s unparalleled views of Lake Atitlan and the volcanoes across the shore.

3) Honeymooners Delight (Panama): Nothing says paradise like slipping away with your sweetheart to The Westin Playa Bonita, a tropical, beachfront oasis just minutes outside bustling Panama City. As you look out over the rainforest and ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal, sweeten your romance with the resort’s signature Honeymoon cocktail - made with dark rum, kahlua and piña colada.

4) Tropical Sky Way (St. Kitts): St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino is ready to celebrate with its delicious island-inspired rum cocktails. Found at the resort’s brand new Sky Ultra Lounge, the refreshing Tropical Sky Way blends rum, orange juice, fresh mango and fruit syrup together to create a cocktail that perfectly embodies the essence of St. Kitts’ quintessential island vibes.

5) Beach Basil Bliss (Grand Cayman): Toes in the sand, drink in your hand… Sip on the Basil & Honey Rum Daiquiri from Grand Cayman Marriott’s creative apothecary mixology team at Anchor & Den. With a simple yet refreshing concoction of natural ingredients, this drink combines fresh lime, honey, basil leaves, and Bacardi Light, which goes perfectly with a relaxing day on the Seven Mile Beach.

Grand Cayman Marriott - Beach Basil Bliss Beach Basil Bliss Courtesy of Grand Cayman Marriott

6) Miami Mai-Tini (Miami Beach): When Miami heats up, the people cool down - with refreshing cocktails, that is! Red, the Steakhouse - located in the chic SoFi area of South Beach - puts a modern twist on the classic Mai-Tai and martini. Aptly named the "Mai-Tini," this Barcardi Superior drink beats the sweat with refreshing flavors of juicy pineapple and filthy black cherry. Shaken with fresh fruit juice, a dark rum floater and fried plantain top off this Miami treat. 

7) Beyond Good and Evil (Miami Beach): Beyond Good & Evil, there is a rum infused cocktail that combines sweet Caribbean flavors with a bit of spicy zest for a guaranteed good time. This spiced up concoction is a perfect blend of Bacardi Silver Rum, triple sec, lime, passion fruit with a jalapeño infused twist for that extra kick. You can find the “Beyond Good & Evil” cocktail at The Local House - a South Beach Mediterranean-inspired restaurant tucked into the corner of 4th and Ocean Drive.

Sense Beach House - Beyond Good & Evil 1 Beyond Good & Evil Courtesy of Sense Beach House

8) Corazón Naranaja (St. Petersburg, FL): Slip away to summer in the Mediterranean with a signature Corazón Naranja from The Hotel Zamora’s Spanish influenced Castile Restaurant. Made with ingredients like Havana Club rum, blood orange liqueur, Tahitian vanilla, and piña, this brightly colored cocktail transports guests to the rocky hills of Zamora, Spain, where the owner’s ancestors are from.

Corazon Naranja Corazón Naranja Courtesy of Hotel Zamora

9) Blue Pearl (Clearwater, FL): With year-round picturesque Clearwater Beach scenes at Sandpearl Resort, the oceanfront restaurant, Tate Island Grill’s signature cocktail, the Blue Pearl is exactly what you can expect to enjoy… bright blue skies and Gulf of Mexico waters and pearlescent white sand. This tropical drink with Bacardi Coconut Rum, Créme de Banana, coconut, and Blue Curaçao swirl will set the mood for a carefree beach escape.

Sandpearl - Blue Pearl Blue Pearl Courtesy of Sandpearl Resort

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Janel Saldana

Janel Saldana joined the Latin Times family in March 2015. She graduated from Texas Christian University and UDLAP (Universidad de las Américas Puebla) with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Radio, TV and Film production. After spending years traveling the world and living abroad, Janel decided to settle in New York and call it home. She is most passionate about traveling, entertainment in all its forms and animal advocacy, especially dogs.